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Valtènesi Chiaretto (Lombardia)

Chiaretto is a classic Rosè wine from Lake Garda in Northern Italy.

Chiaretto means "The Little Light One".

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Red
Cherry
Pomegranate
Pomegranate
Strawberry
Strawberry
Citrus
Citrus

Peach
Peach
Rose
Rose Petals
Herbs
Herbs
Minerals
Minerals

Chiaretto is dry, crisp, floral and salty. A great summer wine!

Profile

Chiaretto (the little light one) is fresh and fruity:

SUGARDry
BODYLight
FRUITHigh
ACIDITYMedium-High
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Salad
Salad
Zucchini
Zucchini
Seafood
Seafood

Salmon
Salmon
Tuna
Fish
Chilli
Asian Food
Strawberry
Fruit

Light Rosés pair best with light dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Salads. Appetizers. Avocado. Gazpacho.
Light Pasta and Rice Dishes.
Light Cous Cous and Tagine.
Grilled Vegetables. Zucchini. Pesto.
Fennel. Artichoke. Asparagus.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
Prawns. Shrimp. Dim Sum.
Calamari. Crab. Lobster.
Beef or Fish Carpaccio. Grilled Fish.
Salmon. Sushi. Sashimi.
Raw Fish Platter. Gravlax.
Chicken. Rabbit. Veal.
Strawberries. Fruit.

Best Match Cuisine: Vegetarian. Asian. Moroccan. Mediterranean.

Dry Light Rosé wines love: Vegetables. Seafood. Shellfish. Crudités.

Mild sweet Light Rosés (Off-Dry) love: Curries. Spicy Food. Fresh Fruit.

Cheese:
Mild Sheep and Goat Cheeses. Mozzarella. Brie.

Avoid:
Rich Winter Food. Red Meat. Game.
Savoury Stews. Creamy Sauces.
Blue Cheeses. Aged Cheeses.

About Chiaretto

Chiaretto Valtenesi is a blend of Groppello grapes and has some tannins, tart cherry and spice flavors.

To obtain such a light rosé, local winemakers use a bleeding technique called Saignée in French or Salasso in Italian. It means they quickly take a part of the must away from the tank and use that to make rosé. While the remaing must in the tank stays longer in contact with the skins becoming a red wine.

The 'bleeding' technique is often criticized as the real purpose is to produce more concentrated red wine and rosé is just a by-product.

The Rosé Revolution started in 2014, has changed the game. Now producers have abbandoned the french Saignée and grow and harvest grapes expressly for Chiaretto: early picking the grapes to retain acidity and use of low contact time just like for white wines.

Lombardia (Lombardy)

Lombardia, in the north of Italy, is one of the richest regions in Europe.

The capital Milano is the largest metropolitan area in Italy with about 10 million inhabitants.

Lombardia is blessed with spectacular lakes: Como, Maggiore, Garda, and Iseo.

Lombardia has 5 DOCG Regions.

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